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Old 06-20-2006, 04:33 AM   #29
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what about the Zip Dee awning cover? is it polished also?
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Old 06-20-2006, 09:55 AM   #30
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Boy, it doesn't even look like the same trailer. Nice work!
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Old 06-20-2006, 08:38 PM   #31
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Gorgeous!! Doesn't even look like the same trailer!! I hope mine comes out like that!! -Don
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Old 06-20-2006, 08:47 PM   #32
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what about the Zip Dee awning cover? is it polished also?
I just installed the zip dee last Wednesday. It is as it came, not mirror polished, but very shiny and matches the trailer sooooooo well. Expensive, but well worth the $$$$. --dave
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Old 06-20-2006, 08:54 PM   #33
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Gords Polish on Tanks

Guys,
I took these pics today of my aluminum cylinders. The before pics are of my original cylinders with heavy corrosion, mildew and dirt on them. I used the Gord's polish on them as directed except that I used a 3M synthetic pad equivalent to "0000" steel wool. I achieved the results you seen in the "after" pics in only 7 minutes (I clocked it) using the polish by hand with minimal effort. This was only 1 pass too! I was quite impressed with Gord's ability to literally melt away years of corrosion and dirt with such little effort. I spoke with Gordon (the maker of Gords) and he said that if I were to repeat the process 3-4 times and allow the polish to set on the tank for 10-15 minutes each time (you have to keep it wet though) that it would eventually polish up very brightly. My conclusion is this...I will used Gords on any aluminum with heavy oxidation to take off the majority of the oxidation prior to conventional polishing. I did polish one of my tanks with the 3M mid-cut polish I have and it polished to a brilliant shine in just 3-4 minutes with very little effort and substantially reduced black residue. I attribute this to the fact that Gords' removed literally all of the accumulated oxidation and dirt and left me relatively clean metal to polish. I plan to use Gords on my window frames prior to polishing them. Just my two cents guys, but check out the pics and judge for yourself.
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Old 06-20-2006, 09:02 PM   #34
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3M Polishes

Scott,
Yep, I discovered 3M polish thanks to my local body shop supply. They sell this particular one to a local trucking company who uses it to polish their tanker trucks. It's a mid-cut polish and works really well. I also used 3M Pefect It II final polish and 3M 3000 Final glaze and the end results are really nice. I wasn't going for the full mirror shine, but I did want it shiny. So far so good. I have used Nuvite F7 and Nuvite C and when they started to run out I started to look for more affordable subs. The 3M works 98% as well in the same time frame and every bit as well with a little extra work. The Gords Polish I tried worked like a charm taking excessive oxiation off prior to polshing. For equipment I have a lowly Harbor Freight 7" polisher ($29.99) and an even more lowly Harbor Freight 6" orbital palm polisher ($12.99) and an array of wool cutting pads and synthetic wool final polish pads. Total investment with polishes...about $175.00 including tax/shipping. I am happy with the results and that's all that matters to me. Take care and happy polishing!!
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Old 06-21-2006, 07:19 AM   #35
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Airmark

I would be willing to buy an Airmark system and rent the compressor if it really does do a faster and better job. What kind of time would it save over the hand buffer method to do a 345?
Does anybody rent Airmarks? Maybe this could be a good way to recoup the investment...

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Old 06-21-2006, 08:09 AM   #36
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Not the method we've used, but interesting none the less.

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Everyone post all the different types of methods they use or try for polishing,
This is from our original owner's 1964 manual,
Chapter 14 - Exterior Maintensnce.

ENJOY!

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Old 06-22-2006, 12:56 AM   #37
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Hey Shari ,

That all sounds very familiar and we thought we had the sshhh.. secret ,
to the whole polishing gig. Very cool to have that info .I like glass wax ,
too bad it isn't around anymore .Used it on our schwinn stingrays back in
the 60s to polish the rims and the chrome sissy bar .Ahh the good old days.
An original schwinn stingray of that era can fetch a grand in good shape
to the collector .I had a VAROOM bike also ,kinda like a pretend motor bike
and I didn't like the white rims as I liked the shiny chrome.still do .

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Old 06-22-2006, 01:59 AM   #38
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I actually bought a half-dozen or so cans of Glass Wax when I heard they were going out of business, still have a 3-4 year supply left.

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What is interesting is that the same issued which AS polishers face is the same as those who polish aircraft see.
http://www.aviationtoday.com/cgi/am/...3baremetal.htm
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What is interesting is that the same issued which AS polishers face is the same as those who polish aircraft see.
http://www.aviationtoday.com/cgi/am/...3baremetal.htm

One pro polisher advised the following in that article-

"If you’re going to do any amount of metal polishing on business jets, he said, invest in a quality pneumatic drum polisher. It avoids overheating the metal and makes the job go a lot faster. "With the right tools, you can do the bright work on a Falcon 2000 in about eight man-hours," he added. An orbital polisher takes at least twice that.

"Trying to take shortcuts will just end up costing you a lot more time and create a lot more frustration," he said."

That was NOT suggested by Imperfect Polish.

No wonder the supporters of these other systems like to defend them- its cost them a lot more and they're frustrated.

Thanks for posting the link- hopefully others get some good info from it as well.
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Old 06-22-2006, 04:17 PM   #41
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Did you ever get your trailer polished? I remember a couple of years ago you were starting to work on it..... I would really enjoy seeing the pictures of how it turned out.

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I wish I had your space and tools!!!
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